The 2013 growing season is officially over and the Nursery has shifted over to "hibernation" mode, which means that the Nursery will be open on weekends from 9:00 am till 1:00 pm on Saturdays and from 10:00 am till 2:00 pm on Sundays. During that time you can come and shop at the farmers market or shop for houseplants in our greenhouse along with garden supplies for your home and garden.
Cottage Antiques will also be open at the times quoted above and by appointment. The Gossett crew will take some time off, but right after the start of the New Year, we will be back planning for the 2014 growing season which will begin sometime in March, it all depends on the weather.
Along with planning for the upcoming year, the crew is doing some cleanup, Tom is getting the yearly maintenance on all the vehicles done and Melissa is chatting with growers near and far to see what unique and special plants are on the horizon. Somewhere in February, once the plan for the year is finalized, the ordering begins and we make a decision on when to start our 7 day operation. A lot goes on at the Nursery in the winter, everything needs to be thought through in advance, since when the warm weather hits, we concentrate on setting up and getting everything ready for your arrival.
If you think about it, no other shop or business (except a farm of course) goes through the amount of set-up and breakdown as a nursery does. It is a lot of work, but come spring, when everything begins to bloom again, it is well worth the effort. The Nursery is sort of like a old-time Hollywood outdoor set, where a scene for a movie is created out of nothing, exists for the shoot and then is torn down again, the space ready to be used for something different. Our "sets" include a Spring, Autumn and Winter look that is planned out in advance, each year getting a bit better from lessons learned from seasons past.
We hope you enjoy the winter of 2013/2014 and look forward to seeing you again in the spring. Stop by on the weekends for the Farmers Market, to get some garden supplies or a special houseplant to bring some color to your winter. As in the past 35 years, we are excited for the coming growing season and all the amazing colors, scents and beauty that mother nature brings us year after year. Working at the Nursery, we get to be part of the natural cycle of the year, watching the Nursery going from Spring to Summer, Fall to Winter, and having you be part of that journey with us.
Thank you for an outstanding 2013 (one of our best seasons ever!) and keep your eyes on this website, our Twitter feed and the Facebook page for updates and specials and, most importantly, when we kickoff the 2014 growing season!